Advice & Guidance

Managing Maintenance

Maintenance encompasses two activities - looking and doing.


Inspecting your place of worshipInspecting the building to assess its condition, noting any problems and seeking advice to determine whether it might be necessary to carry out repairs. Learning how to spot problems is a vital step towards ensuring the long-term care of historic buildings. Think about carrying out a visual inspection of your building at least once every year.


Marianne Suhr cleaning drainsThere are some practical tasks, the ‘doing' element, which can be carried out by competent and willing volunteers. Maintenance tasks might include cleaning drains, clearing debris from gutters and rainwater goods and checking that pipework is free from leaks. You might consider preparing a maintenance budget to help you prepare for cyclical task such as painting rainwater goods.

Learn how to carry out an annual inspection.

Download our maintenance checklist.